You’ve done a great job so far….now, it’s all about making this easier for next year too.
Getting Organized for Christmas
Task #9 – Don’t forget to take notes!
As you work through you tasks…baking, buying, wrapping, hiding, giving, eating, etc….make corrections on your pages. At the end of the season, or when you pull this out next year, it will be easy to make updates.
Task 1 – Do you have enough places to hide things? If not, make notes for next year. If you have trustworthy folks….you can hide things in plain sight.
Task 2 – Have you realized that you forgot someone on your gift list? (I did!) Add them on in RED ink at the end of the spreadsheet or notebook.
Task 3 - Did you forget about something to make….tags for gifts? Hostess gift? Add them on your “things to make list” for next year.
Task 4 - What events came up that you’d forgotten. (we’re attending one tonight!) I’m adding it onto my list in RED ink.
Task 5 - Are there things that you found after doing inventory that you’d bought last year and forgotten about? Make notes when you do your post-holiday bargain shopping this year. Next year you’ll already know that you’ve purchased bows, tissue, x-mas cards, etc. Also – make notes about things that have worn out and will need to be replaced (strings of lights, garland)
Task 6 - Did someone show up with a great dish that you’d like to remember for next year? Write it down! Tear out magazine pages to add to your binder for next year’s parties.
Task 7 - Take photos of your decorations. Make notes of what you liked and didn’t like. What do you want to add or change next year. Chances are, by next year, those ideas will be long forgotten. Make notes while it’s fresh in your mind.
Task 8 - Did your plan work? Did you put too much at the beginning? or save too much for the end? Would it have been easier to wrap as you go, or save all the wrapping to the end? Bake early & freeze vs bake at the last minute? Make notes on your calendar/schedule for next year.